Bridging God’s Word to Everyday Life: Jan. 7

PRAYERS

We extend sympathy to the Leake and Swanson families this week. Gene Leake, father of Debbie Harrington, died Sunday, December 31. A service to celebrate his life will be held here in the Sanctuary on Tuesday at 2 p.m. Family and friends may pay their respects on Monday, 5 – 8 p.m., at Murphy Funeral Home at 1102 W Broad St., Falls Church. Doug Swanson, husband of Sally Swanson, died Friday, January 5. A service will be planned soon. Please keep Debbie, Sally and their families in your prayers.

Abby, Adrienne, Alice Ann, Amanda, Amy, Andrea, Anne & Dara, Annie, Barb, Barbara, Barry, Beth & David, Bill, Billy, Blair, Bobbie, Buddy, Burl, Carl, Carla, Carol, Cathy, Charlie, Cherie, Chris, Christine, Daniel, Darlene, Darryl, David, Dean, Debbie, Del, Diana, Diane, DJ, Eddie, Elizabeth, Ella, Ellen, Flo, Florian, Frances, Gail & Hal, Gary, Gerry & Kathy, Gloria, Gray & Betty, Hendrickson family, Hilda & family, Holly, Jane, Janet, Jeff, Jeffmander, Jim, Jimmy, Joe, John, Josh, Joyce, JR, Judy, Julie, June, Jung, Kathleen, Ken, Layne, Leake family, Lenny, Lilly, Lincoln, Linda, Lindie, Lisa, LJ, Marciene, Margie, Mark, Martha, Mary Lou, Max, Merlin, Michelle, Mike, MK, Nancy, Nick, Norma, Paul & Jeanette, Paul, Paula, Pauline, Peg, Peggy & Bill, Peter, Ray, Richard, Robert, Rosa, Ryan family, Sandy, Sarah, Sarkees, Scott & Kathy, Scott, Sherry, Sean, Steve, Sue, Susan, Swanson family, Tim, Tom, Tommy, Tony, Torry, Vanessa, Vanna, Vickye, Vito, Vivian, and Yancey.

We continue to pray for those seeking employment, college students, travelers, the people of California, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, relief workers, those dealing with mental illness, our elected leaders, church committees, military families, immigrants and the people and communities affected by violence.


Book Chat: Looking for something new to do in 2018? Join us on Tuesday, January 9, to discuss Lisette’s List, by Susan Vreeland. We gather once a month at 6:30 p.m. in the Trinity Library. Bring a light dinner (dessert is provided) and enjoy fellowship and lively conversation. Contact Kathy Maher.

Crafts for a Cause: Thanks to your support for the Holiday Bazaar, Crafts for a Cause is roaring into 2018 with energy and purpose! We made more than $3,800, which easily funds another year of supplying comfort items to hospitals and shelters. We’ll also be able to support the Leadership Center and Heart2Heart in Honduras, Art for Humanity, and several other causes chosen by the group.

If you would like to help make the pillows, blankets, dolls and dresses, we meet on alternating Monday nights from 7 to 8:30 in Room 124. Upcoming dates: Mon., Jan. 8, and Mon., Jan. 22. All adults are welcome; no skills required; instruction provided.

Looking back on 2017, Crafts for a Cause has some interesting numbers to share. During the past year, the work of our volunteers enabled us to deliver an astonishing 600 knitted baby caps, 240 neck pillows, 30 surgery dolls, 150 fleece hats, 40 lap blankets, 40 heart pillows, 75 pillowcase dresses, 50 fleece throws, and 55 Christmas stockings and Santa hats for newborns. Most items went to Fair Oaks Hospital, which places a high priority on the care and comfort of its patients. The fleece throws went to the Linus Project, which distributes blankets to children of all ages. And the dresses were sent to needy girls in Uganda through the international group Dress a Girl.

A BIG thank you goes out to all the volunteers who helped make all these comfort items. If you’d like to be a part of Crafts for a Cause, but can’t attend the work sessions, we also have some homework projects. Contact Molly Sprouse at mollysprouse@gmail.com for more information.

This Month’s Collection: Stanton School: We are collecting disinfectant wipes, hand-sanitizing gel and boxes of tissues. Please place your donations in the bins outside the sanctuary and in the Fellowship Building.

Online Giving: Fast. Easy. Convenient. GIVE ONLINE: umtrinity.org/give or TEXT TO GIVE: Simply send a text to 703-454-5532 with the amount you would like to contribute; include the dollar sign. Example: $25. You’ll receive a link to register. And then, you will receive a text verification and a receipt via email. For future giving, simply send a text with the amount you wish to give, and it will process automatically! Thanks for your continued support!

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Date with Destiny

By James C. Sprouse, Senior Pastor

January through December of 2018, Trinity has a date with destiny. The members of Trinity Church will have the once in a lifetime opportunity to influence the desires and direction of the church for the next 10 -20 years. Your staff and church leaders invite you to join us and others from the District Next Level Innovation Team as we begin living into our NLI goals which will assist our discovering the joy and power of purpose driven mission and ministry. During the first quarter of 2018 you’ll be invited to join one of our four NLI teams. Check out the four teams below. Which one is calling your name? Let us know.

Vision for Trinity

  • What is our church’s vision? Join the Vision team to help Trinity create and organize around our vision.
  • This team will read Canoeing the Mountains, by Tod Bolinger.
  • Team Vision will inspire and orient the other three teams to fulfill Trinity vision.

Abundance through Generosity

  • Join Team A & G that’s  created around gifts and skills to make our vision possible.
  • Team A & G will create a Capital Campaign team engaging people of all ages to go deeper into service and commitment.
  • Team A & G will coordinate with the Stewardship team helping Trinity develop a deeper spiritual understanding of a life of generosity.

Hospitality for the Next Generation

  • Blessed by diversity, join Trinity’s Hospitality team to reach the people of Northern VA.
  • Team Hospitality needs persons who have the gift of hospitality, networking, and connection-building.
  • This team will read together: Beyond the First Visit, by Farr and Kotan.
  • Organize a hospitality training even for all the people of Trinity.
  • Team Hospitality will address our need for user-friendly signage.

Discipleship

  • Join Team Discipleship to help Trinity member gain a deeper relationship with Christ.
  • The team will develop a Sermon Series for Lent of 2018.
  • Join a small group created by Discipleship team for studying scripture, creating fellowship time together, eating and praying together.
  • Team Discipleship will live like Christ in the world.

Between 50 and 60 years ago Trinity’s faithful and visionary leadership influenced the then present and future needs of the people of McLean by building a new sanctuary. In order for us to be faithful in our time and place you and I need to improve our sanctuary’s physical appearance, and expand and enhance our ministry and outreach programs.

I deeply believe that you and I are being challenged and charged by God to continue Trinity’s long-standing tradition of responding to God’s call to contemporary vision and mission. God is definitely reaching more and more souls in McLean by growing Trinity Church, spiritually and physically. The enhancements and additions to our present church will improve and make more effective Trinity’s local and global outreach; build upon our valued diversity in Christ’s body; sustain and strengthen us through the life of prayer; encourage us to become more faithful stewards of God’s resources; and educate and equip us for the ongoing ministry of Jesus Christ through social justice.

Please join me, Eileen, Keith, Jerry and Catherine, and all Trinity’s leadership and members, and the terrific leaders of our NLI teams for our date with destiny over the next twelve months. Together, with God, we’ve got lots of wonderful work to do.

 

When Did Evangelism Become a Four-Letter Word?

By Eileen Gilmer, Associate Pastor

What would happen if I were to stand in front of the congregation and ask for volunteers to form an evangelism committee? Here’s my guess: crickets. Why is that? I think it’s because of the actions of the church (and by that I mean the greater protestant church, not specifically Trinity or even the United Methodist church). What we Christians have done to the concept of evangelism equates to a self-inflicted wound. We are now paying the price for it.

That price has come in the form of lack of attendance and worse, a sense of apathy toward the church. Average attendance is about once a month. There is no longer a sense of loyalty to church. That is not how it has been for generations and generations. The greater church just assumed that the traditional families of the past would hand down that same sense of loyalty to their children. This is when the wheels started to come off the church bus. We must continue to try to reach what Rev. Olu Brown calls the “loyalty” generation, while also reaching out to what he calls the “relational” generation.

Who are the people of this relational generation? They are younger; some grew up going to church while others never attended in their formative years. Brown describes them as a “creative group, craving relationships that are not formed or nurtured primarily through traditional or outdated institutions.” Ouch. I hate thinking of my beloved United Methodist tradition as an outdated institution. But, this is in fact how it is perceived by a large group of people. Brown goes on to say that as this relational generation came into being, “many denominations and local churches failed to maintain a pulse on the current developing beneath the flow of the loyalty generation.”

Here is the good news: It’s not too late. This is where the new evangelism comes into play. We must no longer open our doors and think that’s enough. Your Trinity leaders are working to reach those outside our sanctuary. That might mean having small groups somewhere in Tysons or hosting community events on our massive yard outside the Fellowship Building. The modern face of evangelism looks like you, too. It’s living out Jesus’ call to serve the least and the last, and to love all. Evangelism is sharing this Good News by being kind and compassionate in our interactions. After all, Jesus’ ministry was comprised of both words and deeds.

I invite you to join with us as we work to reach and welcome all to Trinity Church in 2018. I’ll see you in church!

 

January 2018

Jan. 1 Office Closed
Jan. 6 Men’s Group, 7:30 a.m. All men are invited to join us in Langley Hall.
Jan. 8 Crafts for a Cause
7 – 8:30 p.m.
2017 achievements and future projects: https://wp.me/p3ZFFv-m5
Jan. 9 Book Chat: Lisette’s List, by Susan Vreeland
6:30 p.m.
Bring a light dinner (dessert is provided) and enjoy fellowship and lively conversation. Contact Kathy Maher, Kathyngs@gmail.com.
Jan. 10 Wonderful Wednesday Dinners and Trinity Trebles resume
Jan. 13 Bi-District Training Day Details and registration information here.
Jan. 14 Martha’s Table Sandwich Making
Jan. 15 Office Closed  
Jan. 22 Crafts for a Cause See Jan. 8 listing above

Crafts for a Cause Thanks You

Thanks to your support for the Holiday Bazaar, Crafts for a Cause is roaring into 2018 with energy and purpose! We made more than $3,800, which easily funds another year of supplying comfort items to hospitals and shelters. We’ll also be able to support The Leadership Center and Heart2Heart in Honduras, Art for Humanity, and several other causes chosen by the group.

If you would like to help make the pillows, blankets, dolls and dresses, we meet on alternating Monday nights from 7 to 8:30 in Room 124. Upcoming dates: Mon., Jan. 8, and Mon., Jan. 22. All adults are welcome; no skills required; instruction provided.

Looking back on 2017, Crafts for a Cause has some interesting numbers to share. During the past year, the work of our volunteers enabled us to deliver an astonishing 600 knitted baby caps, 240 neck pillows, 30 surgery dolls, 150 fleece hats, 40 lap blankets, 40 heart pillows, 75 pillowcase dresses, 50 fleece throws, and 55 Christmas stockings and Santa hats for newborns. Most items went to Fair Oaks Hospital, which places a high priority on the care and comfort of its patients. The fleece throws went to the Linus Project, which distributes blankets to children of all ages. And the dresses were sent to needy girls in Uganda through the international group Dress a Girl.

A BIG thank you goes out to all the volunteers who helped make all these comfort items. If you’d like to be a part of Crafts for a Cause, but can’t attend the work sessions, we also have some homework projects. Contact Molly Sprouse for more information.

Bridging God’s Word to Everyday Life: Dec. 10, 2017

Prayers

Abby, Amanda, Amy, Andrew, Angela, Anne, Annie, Ashley, Bill, Bobbie, Candace, Carl & Heather, Carla, Carol, Cathryn, Cathy, Cav, Dan, Daniel, Darlene, Debbie, Ed, Eddie, Ella, Florian, Fred, Gene, Gerry & Kathy, Heather, Helen, Herb, Hilda, Holly, Jan, Jane, Johnny, Josh, Julie, Juliet, Kay, Ken, Kristin, Lincoln, Mary, Matt, Max, Michelle, Paula, Peggy & Bill, Reg & Cathy, Reginald, Ronnie, Scott & Kathy, Steve, Ted, Terry, Vivian, Wanda, and Yancey.

We continue to pray for those seeking employment, college students, travelers, the people of the Gulf Coast states, California, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, Las Vegas, those impacted by natural disasters, rescue workers, those dealing with mental illness, our elected leaders, military families, immigrants and the people and communities affected by violence.


This Sunday, we welcome Joseph Rahm to Trinity. He brings updates about the ministry at The Leadership Center in Honduras.


Handmade items by our Crafts for a Cause group will be for sale.
Shop for the holidays with a real purpose: supporting Trinity’s Crafts for a Cause ministry for the coming year.

Advent Study: Pastors Jim Sprouse and Eileen Gilmer are each leading an Advent Study. Because of Bethlehem, a study by Max Lucado meets with Pastor Gilmer in Room 302 at 9:30 a.m. Pastor Sprouse leads Down to Earth by Mike Slaughter on Sundays at 9:30 a.m., Mondays at 10 a.m. and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.

Crafts for a Cause’s annual Holiday Bazaar continues on Sundays through mid-December after both worship services. This is our sole fund-raising event that enables us to buy the supplies for the next year, so your participation is really important! All kinds of homemade foods and crafts for adults, children and pets will be available, all made by Trinity members.

Meanwhile, we continue to work on comfort items for Fair Oaks Hospital on alternating Monday nights from 7 to 8:30 in Room 124. All adults welcome; instruction provided. Upcoming session: Dec. 18. Contact Molly Sprouse.

Martha’s Table: Sunday, Dec. 10, we’ll make 900 sandwiches and trail mix immediately after both worship services. Sign-up to shop or deliver: in the Fellowship Lobby or at bit.ly/MTVol. Contact Barb Long, bkalong@yahoo.com.

Men’s Meeting: There will be a breakfast meeting for Trinity Men on Saturday, Jan. 6 at 7:30 a.m. in Langley Hall. All are invited.

Moms’ Group Cookie Exchange: TUMC Mom’s Group cookie exchange will be held on Monday, December 11, from 7:30 – 9 p.m., at the home of Erika Keough (6360 Lynwood Hill Rd, McLean). If you can join us, please bring 3 dozen cookies and RSVP to Jessica or Erika.

New Dominion Chorale: The Chorale will present J. S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio this afternoon at 4 p.m. at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall at the Northern VA Community College’s Alexandria campus. For more, visit newdominion.org

Online Giving: Fast. Easy. Convenient. GIVE ONLINE: umtrinity.org/give or TEXT TO GIVE: Simply send a text to 703-454-5532 with the amount you would like to contribute; include the dollar sign. Example: $25. You’ll receive a link to register. And then, you will receive a text verification and a receipt via email. For future giving, simply send a text with the amount you wish to give, and it will process automatically! Thanks for your continued support!

Treasurer’s Report

Total receipts excluding special debt reduction:

Giving through 11/26/17 $843,195

Nov. Text & Electronic Giving $32,678

Offering on 12/3/17 $143,462

Total through 12/3/17 $889,335

2017 Budgeted Receipts $1,149,300

Amount Needed to Achieve Budget $259,965